Throughout my day I regularly have to check my thoughts. I can be busy doing or thinking upon something and then suddenly I realise I’ve ended up on a negative thought track, or I find myself sliding onto a train of thought that quickly leads to fears of failure, death, lack or loss. Unfortunately the more “hits” we have had in our life the easier it is to get onto these thought tracks, and therefore the more vigilant we need to be to keep our thoughts in check.
Thoughts are important because from our thoughts we start to believe, and from our beliefs we act in either faith or fear and doubt.
Which is why God encourages us to check up on our thinking and to, “not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our mind. Then we will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)
God cares about our thoughts, concerns and worries because He knows what we think affects what we believe, and what we believe dictates how we act and live out our lives. He wants us to be free from fear and doubt and full of faith and power, living an extraordinary life. However to be transformed in our thoughts means we can’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world any longer. Instead we allow God to transform us into a new person by receiving His love and forgiveness. Then we choose everyday to listen to Him; to read His words, believe what He says and to act upon it.
“For as you know him better, he will give you, through his great power, everything you need for living a truly good life: he even shares his own glory and his own goodness with us!” (2 Peter 1:3 NLT)
Today keep a check on your thoughts and catch any wayward ones that try to lead you off on a thought track of fear, loss, failure, and away from what God says is best for you. Those thoughts are not God’s thoughts towards us, and if we take time to read and think upon His words in the bible, and the good things He has done we will soon discover that thinking on what He says and whom He is will soon transform our thoughts and lives. Today think right, believe right, and then you’ll find yourself acting right and living the life you dreamed of. (Ephesians 3:20)
Prayer: Lord please help me to be more aware of the hundreds of random thoughts that pass through my mind so that I can catch the ones that aren’t healthy and throw them away, and ponder upon the ones that are good and choose to act on those. I’m choosing today to think upon your Word, to believe what you say and to act accordingly. In Jesus name Amen.